Student charged with capital murder of Texas Tech police officer

Student charged with capital murder of Texas Tech police officer

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A 19-year-old student who authorities say confessed to killing a Texas Tech University police officer is jailed on capital murder charges.

Police say Hollis A. Daniels, of Seguin, was in the custody of campus police on a drug possession charge when officer Floyd East Jr., 48, was shot in the head.

Cpl. Tyler Snelson with the department told investigators Daniels was not wearing handcuffs. Snelson reported hearing a loud bang from another room. When he returned, he found East mortally wounded and Daniels gone. A .45 caliber shell casing was located near East and his body camera was missing.

Daniels was captured following a foot chase near the police station. The campus was on lock down for more than an hour.

According to the arrest warrant, Daniels told officers he was the one who shot their friend and he told detectives that he "f---ed up" and did "something illogical."

Daniels was previously arrested by Texas Tech PD in September 2016 on possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $5 million. 

East began his career with the Texas Tech Police Department since December 2014 as a guard at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. He transferred to the department in Lubbock May of this year. 

“The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sheriff’s Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response.”

Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his two daughters, Ana and Monica.

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Statement from Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan

“Words can’t express how saddened I am by the tragic loss of one of our Texas Tech University police officers tonight. Terri and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the officer’s family and the Texas Tech University Police Department. I would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and all of the law enforcement professionals from across the area who supported our campus during this time of need. Our Texas Tech family is strong and will support each other as we grieve.”     


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